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Zotac Releases Fanless ZBOX SFF PC

Zotac has posted a product page for their latest 1.79L mini-pc; the ZBOX CI621 / CI625 / CI645 / CI665 Nano. Powered by the Intel 11th generation mobile processors, and sporting up to 4 cores with 8 threads, the newest ZBOX is focused on silence complete with entirely passive cooling. The C1625 uses a large aluminum heatsink combined with a very open case design to allow for fanless operation.   Expansion options include a 2.5 inch HD/SSD, M.2 slot, and SO-DIMM based RAM expansion. External ports include HDMI 2.0, Displayport 1.4, USB-C 3.1, two LAN ports, and one Thunderbolt 4 …
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Retro Relook: Macintosh Edition!

It’s the weekend, so news will be light. Time to take a trip back in time and look at some retro small form factor PCs with a Retro Relook. This week is focused on Apple and some vintage SFF Macintosh machines. Let’s start with the Macintosh LC. If you’re old enough, you may remember this being in your schools. The L stood for low and the C stood for cost. This was my first computer, and I own a nearly perfect one today. I can personally attest that they should have added an S to the name for slow. You …
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Maxtang PC Shows Fanless SFF PC: GXTL-50

Maxtang PC, a China based PC manufacture, has released the specs for their upcoming fanless SFF PC according the FanlessTech twitter account. According to Maxtang’s website, the fanless mini-pc can be equipped with up to an Intel I7-1165G7  CPU, 64GB of SO-Dimm DDR4 Ram, and a single 2280 sized M2 SSD. Pricing was not specified as of yet, nor was market availability outside of China. You can follow this link to the Maxtang website to learn more.
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Thermalright Shows Silver Soul 135mm Tall Dual Tower Cooler

Thermalright has updated their website to show a new cooler of interest to the Small Form Factor community; The Silver Soul 135.     Coming in at only 135mm in height but packing a 120mm fan, the Silver Soul 135 could be an efficient cooler for those in the SFF community. Cases such as the NCASE M1 allow up to 135mm clearance in certain configurations, and there are several upcoming sub-20L cases that would support the cooler. The Silver Soul 135 appears to be a follow-up or extension of the Silver Arrow 130. Aside from the height, one substantial difference …
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Noctua Offering Free LGA1700 Upgrades Except For NH-L9i

Noctua has announced that it will be offering free upgrade kits for the upcoming Intel LGA1700 socket. However, the NH-L9i will not be compatible with these kits due to hardware incompatibilities. Noctua will introduce a new version of the NH-L9i specific for the LGA1700 platform. The Noctua NH-L9i is one of the most popular cpu coolers in the small form factor community. It has a stock height of only 47mm, and provides surprisingly effective cooling performance while being relatively quiet. Unlike other Noctua coolers, the NH-L9i does not use the same SecuFirm mounting system that other Noctua coolers such as …
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Silverstone Reveals Vital 4 NUC Element H Chassis

We’re late to the party on this but Silverstone is introducing its take on the NUC element chassis called the Vital 4. Featuring a unique fold out design, the Vital 4 supports up to 321mm long (168mm x 58mm x 321mm)  GPUs, has two 120mm exhaust fans on the top, and built-in antennas for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Front I/O includes support for USB 3.1 Gen2x2, combo mic and headphone port, and a card reader. A 700 watt SFX PSU is included. The suggested retail price is $379.99 US. Click here for Silverstone’s product page. Click here for the …
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Colorful Launches Two B560 ITX Motherboards

China based manufacturer Colorful has launched two B560 ITX Motherboards that compliment the styling of their recently announced ITX 3060 GPU. The boards are the CVN B560I Gaming Pro V20 and the CVN B560 Gaming Frozen V20.     The boards both use the Intel B560 chipset with the primary difference being the Frozen edition has a white PCB while the Gaming Pro has a black PCB. Both feature support for up to DDR4-4266, PCI Express 3.0 x 16 expansion slot, and a single M.2 slot. Pricing is listed as $185 for the Pro and $195 for the Frozen. Here …